m wood pen

illustrator of books, cocktails, travel + more

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

 

Remember when buildings, decor, transport, and machines were built to last longer than the weekly rumble of the recycling truck? I sure do. I lament the mass manufactured invasion of replaceable, temporary, cheap, bland and unimaginative “ick” that’s coursing through our habitats, environments, and lifestyles. Make it stop!

As a fiendishly loyal fan of vintage design, I had the good fortune of nabbing a commission to create these gorgeous color renderings by a really cool NYC client. By studying the details of his espresso maker and meat slicer I could understand their structure. My eye, then my pen followed every curve with discovery and fascination. Each precisely drawn trail of ink and dab of color ignited my love affair with product design.

In awe of the brilliant mechanical engineers who imagined and built these machines, I felt humbled to capture them in homage to their greatness. Classic. Sculptural. Efficient. Majestic.

And their legacy? It’s the glory, for regular folks like us, of knowing that a cup of coffee and a sliced boloney sandwich never looked so good!

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